A Child Support Attorney Can Help You Provide for Your Child
Michael L. Bury has represented many clients as a child support attorney in Chico, CA. He is a caring and compassionate lawyer who can protect your child’s rights and provide you with legal counsel to safeguard your child's economic health. Child support issues may arise during divorce proceedings, but these disputes can also arise between parents who never married. There are a number of factors taken into account when determining child support payments. Mr. Bury can help parents understand these factors and their potential obligations. Contact our law firm if you are in the process of divorcing or if you need help securing child support payments.
What is Child Support?
Child support is the payment made from one parent to the other to provide for the child’s needs. It is often court-ordered for the non-custodial parent to make payments to the parent with primary physical custody. In other words, the parent the child lives with a majority of the time receives support payments from the other parent.
What Does Child Support Cover?
Child support is intended to ensure the child has everything he or she needs to live a full and healthy life after their parents divorce. This includes the basics, such as food, clothing, and shelter. Child support also helps to cover the cost of health care for the child. These payments should also help offset the cost of education, including any tuition fees, supplies, uniforms, books, and the like. Support payments may also include:
- Childcare if both parents must work
- Transportation and travel expenses
- Basic entertainment, such as access to a computer or television, as well as recreational activities
In a two-parent household, the parents generally split the costs of care for the child between their two incomes. When parents divorce or are separated, the costs of child care could fall disproportionately onto the parent with primary custody. Child support payments help to offset this cost.
Child support is the payment made from one parent to the other to provide for the child’s needs. It is often court-ordered for the non-custodial parent to make payments to the parent with primary physical custody.
California Child Support Guidelines
Child support laws vary from state to state. In California, child support payments are determined based on the non-custodial parent’s disposable income after taxes. It is also determined by how much physical time the child spends with each parent. If the time is split evenly between the two parents, child support payments are far less than for a parent who only sees a child every other weekend.
When is a Parent Released from Child Support Obligations?
In general, a parent must pay child support until the child reaches 18 years of age. There are, of course, exceptions. A parent may be released from child support obligations sooner if the child legally marries, declares emancipation through a court order, or joins the military. If, however, the child turns 18 but is still in high school, the payments must continue until the child turns 19 or graduates high school. If the child becomes incapacitated in any way, both parents have a duty to continue providing for that child as long as is necessary.
Hire a Child Support Attorney
Whether you are facing the issue of child support for the first time or you are looking to amend an initial child support order, Michael L. Bury, Attorney at Law can help. Call our office at (530) 343-7800 or contact us online today to set up your initial consultation.
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